Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats: February 2019

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Cast Iron Skillet Biscuits with Honey Butter

Don't mind me while I'm off in the corner downing one of these biscuits.
Serve them warm with honey butter and your day is made.

Cast Iron Skillet Biscuits with Honey Butter....this easy drop biscuit has crispy edges yet is tender and flaky in the middle. Serve with honey butter warm and straight out of the oven! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

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I went to the library today for really no reason at all other than to just get out of the house.  Cabin fever is a REAL thing and it's been holding me captive since early February.

You see, we've had the flu roaming around our house since February 8th. It is now February 21st. I'll let you do that math.  Take a moment to let it sink in.

It started with one kid, then traveled to the husband and is currently holding another kid hostage.  It's the flu that brings an almost week long fever, chills, cough and just all the winter nastiness you can imagine.

It's a fun place around here.

Cast Iron Skillet Biscuits with Honey Butter....this easy drop biscuit has crispy edges yet is tender and flaky in the middle. Serve with honey butter warm and straight out of the oven! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

So basically my life has been revolved around sleeping on the couch {and bedroom floors}, runs to the dollar store for more medicine, taking food and drink orders, multiple loads of laundry, cooking up double batches of soups {our favorite chicken noodle + chili} and trying not to become a head case from a lack of fresh air.

Did I mention it WON'T STOP SNOWING?

Ten snow days and counting!

Cast Iron Skillet Biscuits with Honey Butter....this easy drop biscuit has crispy edges yet is tender and flaky in the middle. Serve with honey butter warm and straight out of the oven! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

It's been freezing outside but I've still been opening up our windows at various times to let these germs escape.  

I have a spa date scheduled with a friend in a few weeks and I'm not lying when I say I dream of that every night before I go to sleep.  That and these biscuits.  

Oh, how heavenly they are!  What's funny is that I've made these on and off for YEARS, but up until a couple weeks back it never dawned on me to share them with you.

Cast Iron Skillet Biscuits with Honey Butter....this easy drop biscuit has crispy edges yet is tender and flaky in the middle. Serve with honey butter warm and straight out of the oven! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I recently learned how to make gravy for biscuits and gravy {thank you Joanna Gaines} and I used these biscuits.  We had our favorite Amish Breakfast Casserole this week for brinner and I whipped up a batch of these to serve on the side.  I've also been known to make a batch, then split them apart and make into breakfast sandwiches on the weekend.

Because what is better than a fried, drippy egg, a slice of bacon and some sharp cheddar all on a flaky biscuit?

Nothing.

There is nothing better.

Cast Iron Skillet Biscuits with Honey Butter....this easy drop biscuit has crispy edges yet is tender and flaky in the middle. Serve with honey butter warm and straight out of the oven! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

The reason I love these so much is the EASE of the recipe.  They are a drop discuit.  For all of you that have no idea what that means...it means it's easy!  There is no kneading of the dough, rolling it out, nor any cutting out the perfect biscuit circles.

None of that nonsense.

Instead once the dough comes together you just plop a big scoop into the skillet all rustic style and move on.  After they are done baking they pull apart with ease!

Cast Iron Skillet Biscuits with Honey Butter....this easy drop biscuit has crispy edges yet is tender and flaky in the middle. Serve with honey butter warm and straight out of the oven! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Now, I've never been one to tell you what to do, but YOU NEED TO TOP THESE WITH MY HONEY BUTTER.

Sorry, this time I am giving an order.

Just imagine pulling off a biscuit that is still warm, splitting it open and slathering on my homemade honey butter.  It's better than most things I can think of.  I like to add a dash of cinnamon in my honey butter, but I know some of you hate the stuff {you've told me} so feel free to leave it out.

Either way make these part of your meal, as the side dish or just bake them off, grab some pot holders and the honey butter and head to your bedroom by yourself.

Be sure to tag me on social media when you've made them! You can find me on all the kid's favorite hot spots @sweetsavoryeats.

Yield: 12-14

Cast Iron Skillet Biscuits with Honey Butter

This easy, drop-dough biscuit, allows for crispy edges from your cast iron skillet, yet allows for a tender, flaky middle. Slather on the honey butter and you'll die and go to heaven.
prep time: 15 minscook time: 23 minstotal time: 38 mins

ingredients

Biscuit Dough
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted cold butter, cubed
  • 3 T vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cup 2% or whole milk
Honey Butter
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 T honey
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t cinnamon (optional)

instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  Generously grease your cast iron skillet (I used this 12-inch skillet) with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 
  3. Cube the cold butter and put it in the dry ingrediens.  Using a pastry blender or fork cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles course crumbs.
  4. In a separate smaller bowl combine the vinegar and milk.  Allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the milk mixture into the butter/flour mixture and mix just enough to combine.
  6. Drop by 1/2 cup portions into the greased skillet.
  7. Bake for 20-23 minutes or until just golden brown.
  8. While the biscuits are baking make the honey butter by combining the softened butter, honey, vanilla and cinnamon (optional).
  9. Serve the biscuits warm topped with the honey butter.
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Skillet Blueberry Cobbler for Two

This Skillet Blueberry Cobbler for Two is perfect for date night.
Serve it warm and bubbly with vanilla ice cream for best results!

This post is sponsored by Wayfair as well as product received within the post, 
but all opinons are my own.

Skillet Blueberry Cobbler for Two...a great dessert for lovebirds! Or for just a few friends to share. Juicy blueberries are hidden under a decadent cobbler topping.  Serve warm with vanilla ice cream! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

This winter has been BRUTAL here in the Midwest.  And yes, I know come July I'll be complaining that it is too hot, but right now in this moment...I'm over winter.

Just an hour ago we received the dreaded phone call {for parents} that school is once again canceled tomorrow {kids are rejoicing}.  Just another winter storm hovering over us laughing it's head off.  We've had 8 snow days I believe {whose counting?} and the kids are officially finishing school well into the first week of June.

The only thing that brought light to this dreary day was this cobbler.

Actually, it's brightened my week!

Skillet Blueberry Cobbler for Two...a great dessert for lovebirds! Or for just a few friends to share. Juicy blueberries are hidden under a decadent cobbler topping.  Serve warm with vanilla ice cream! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

If you remember back in December, Wayfair partnered on the last day my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways and gave away one of many gift cards to a lucky reader.

Well......they're back!

Wayfair is top notch and not only do they want to make some lucky reader very happy again, but they also allowed me to showcase a stellar product from their website to feature in this recipe.  Behold, the Le Creuset 3.75 qt braiser.

In a beautiful orange color to boot.

Skillet Blueberry Cobbler for Two...a great dessert for lovebirds! Or for just a few friends to share. Juicy blueberries are hidden under a decadent cobbler topping.  Serve warm with vanilla ice cream! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

But let's get back to this cobbler.

Everything about this dish screams warm and comforting.  I mean, I barely gave it time to cool before I was scooping vanilla ice cream, dishing out a generous scoop and crawling under my blanket to catch up on an episode of Good Girls on Netflix.

It is the perfect hearty dessert for these cold winter months.

Oh, and wait...there is a VERY romantic holiday coming up in two days.  And because I'm never one to exaggarate {please}, nor am never one to overindulge {double please} I created this dessert for lovebirds in mind.

The perfect dish for two!

Skillet Blueberry Cobbler for Two...a great dessert for lovebirds! Or for just a few friends to share. Juicy blueberries are hidden under a decadent cobbler topping.  Serve warm with vanilla ice cream! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Small enough you're not sneaking bites all week as you pass through the kitchen, yet big enough to feed a small group or the two spoons digging in on Valentine's Day night at home while watching a movie.

The perfect size.

Any cast iron skillet will work in this recipe, even a glass 8x8 baking dish or better yet a pie plate.  They all work the same.  But, I will say the beauty of this Le Creuset braiser on my kitchen countertop is any cooks dream.

The craftsmanship and quality are #1 and you'll soon find yourself dreaming up all kinds of recipes to make in it.  Next on my list: chicken pot pie, apple crisp and homemade biscuits.

Skillet Blueberry Cobbler for Two...a great dessert for lovebirds! Or for just a few friends to share. Juicy blueberries are hidden under a decadent cobbler topping.  Serve warm with vanilla ice cream! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I used frozen organic blueberries in this cobbler {we buy bagfuls at each grocery trip}, but fresh work just fine too.  The tartness of the berries fades away after you mix it with a bit of flour, sugar and cornstarch for thickening.

Oh boy, and then the cobbler topping.  It's my favorite part.  Hands down.  Oats, cinnamon, flour, butter, what is wrong with that?

Nothing.  Nothing is wrong with that.

When baked together they become one and it gets all bubby and soft and well, incredible. I'll admit I've always been a bit hesitant to order a slice of any kind of blueberry dessert at a restaurant.  You just never know if it will be too runny or too tart or too whatever.

You will never have to worry about those questions with this one.  It's perfect!

Skillet Blueberry Cobbler for Two...a great dessert for lovebirds! Or for just a few friends to share. Juicy blueberries are hidden under a decadent cobbler topping.  Serve warm with vanilla ice cream! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

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Perhaps money towards a Le Creuset 3.75 Qt Braiser?

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Prepare for a few hours.

So here are the details. 1) Make my Skillet Blueberry Cobbler for Two and then 2) Enter this giveaway.  One random winner will be chosen on Friday, February 15.  Enter via the Rafflecopter Giveaway icon below.  Good luck!

A big thanks to Wayfair for sponsoring this post and for providing product towards this recipe.

Yield: 2-4

Skillet Blueberry Cobbler for Two

Date nights in or a simple dessert for a small crowd, this Skillet Blueberry Cobbler is the perfect sweet dish for small gatherings. Sweet blueberry filling topped with a crunchy oat & butter topping, it's hard to resist!
prep time: 10 minscook time: 40 minstotal time: 50 mins

ingredients

Berry Mixture
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 T cornstarch
  • 1/4 t salt
Cobbler Topping
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 3/4 stick unsalted, cold butter

instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray an 8x8 skillet (I used this Le Creuset cast iron skillet, but any dish will work) with cooking spray.
  3. In a bowl toss together the blueberries, sugar, flour, cornstarch and salt.  Pour into the bottom of the greased skillet and press into an even layer.
  4. In that same bowl combine the flour, oats, sugar, salt and cinnamon. Cube the butter and using a pastry blender or fork, mix/blend until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  5. Spread the cobbler topping onto the blueberries, pressing down slightly.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown with the edges bubbling.
  7. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Guilt Free Chocolate Brownies

Sometimes you just need a chocolate treat without all the guilt.
I've saved the day, these Guilt Free Chocolate Brownies are a hit.

Guilt Free Chocolate Brownies...a few healthy swaps make these brownies healthier, yet still are decadent, fudgy and tasty! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

It's a broken record around here.

Another snow/ice/high wind/cold temp day for us.  I got the text while still in bed and I'm not lying that a small tear escaped my eye and rolled onto my pillow.  Our kids are offically going to school until June.  Which means jump ahead to my early June posts in a few months and I'll be bragging about how I'm blogging on my deck in the sunshine, drink in hand and those little kids are still in school.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel.

So basically, this morning was spent in my robe, drinking my coffee, earbuds in, making these brownies.

Guilt Free Chocolate Brownies...a few healthy swaps make these brownies healthier, yet still are decadent, fudgy and tasty! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I wanted to create a fun, Valentine's Day treat for all of us that are trying to watch what we eat.  Are you watching your sugar intake?  Carbs?  Well, I cut everything down in these brownies and swapped many of the unhealthy things {flour, oil, butter, etc.} and put in a few better foods {egg whites, cottage cheese, oats, etc.}.

One brownie has 111 calories, 19 carbs, 2 grams of fat, 5 grams of protein and 14 grams of sugar.  Not too shabby right?  Compared to a regular brownie that is about triple those amounts.

Plus....they taste really, really good.

Guilt Free Chocolate Brownies...a few healthy swaps make these brownies healthier, yet still are decadent, fudgy and tasty! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Honestly, when these came out of the oven and I stood there staring at them I had no idea if they would taste like cake or a brownie.  They were going to be called Guilt Free Chocolate Brownies or Guilt Free Chocolate Cake.

So after photographing these I demolished that BROWNIE in about 5 seconds flat.  Yes, I said brownie.  The texture is more brownie like than cake, therefore BROWNIE.

They are rich, flavorful, a bit nutty in a good way {from the oat flour}, cut like a dream {nothing is worse that a brownie that is too fudgy and doesn't cut} and just taste heavenly.

Guilt Free Chocolate Brownies...a few healthy swaps make these brownies healthier, yet still are decadent, fudgy and tasty! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Since we are so close to Valentine's Day, how do you celebrate?  Date night in?  Romantic night out? Do you bypass the holiday completely?

I think all are just fine.  I'm kinda here nor there on the holiday.  If it works out and we can get a night away great.  If we are home with the three kids, I might make heart shaped pizzas, put in a movie and call it a night.

No matter what you do, I will stand by and say EVERYONE feels special, no matter what the day if dessert is served.  Dessert is love, right?  These brownies only take about 30+ minutes from start to finish and with 5 different palates in my family I've found every single one of them loved these little chocolate gems.

They didn't even know they were healthier for them!

Guilt Free Chocolate Brownies...a few healthy swaps make these brownies healthier, yet still are decadent, fudgy and tasty! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Take some time and make these!

Shout it out on social media {@sweetsavoryeats} and I'll be sure to shout out back.  Share your pics!  The more my recipes are shared the more my blog can grow.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Yield: 9

Guilt Free Chocolate Brownies

These guilt-free brownies do not taste guilt-free! Chewy, soft and rich in flavor, these are great to whip up when you need a chocolate fix, yet do not need the calories and fat.
prep time: 10 minscook time: 30 minstotal time: 40 mins

ingredients

  • 3 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup 2% cottage cheese
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 5 oz Hershey Milk Chocolate bar (or any brand)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • powdered sugar, for dusting

instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit an 8x8 baking pan, letting the edges hang over the sides (for easy handles later).  Spray with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a food processor pulse the oats into fine crumbs (you may want to double the oats, as they will shrink down to 3/4 of a cup).  Remove the oats and set aside.
  3. Place the egg whites, cottage cheese and vanilla into the food processor and process until smooth.
  4. Break apart the chocolate bar and place in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave in 15 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until melted and smooth.
  5. Add in the melted chocolate, sugar, baking powder and salt and process until smooth.
  6. Lastly add the oat flour back in and pulse until just combined.
  7. Pour the brownie batter into the baking pan and spread until smooth.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until springy to the touch and slightly pulling away from the edges.
  9. Allow to cool and cut into 9 brownies.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.
calories
111
fat (grams)
2
carbs (grams)
19
protein (grams)
5
sugar (grams)
14
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